Ukraine crisis: Putin breaks with the International Criminal Court

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Russia will not ratify the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decision was taken by Vladimir Putin, on a proposal from the Ministry of Justice, he signed a decree ad hoc. Then the withdrawal from CPI has been communicated to the UN Secretary General.

The Ukrainian crisis

To undermining relations would be the feedback from the Hague expressed about the Ukrainian crisis. According to the judges, in fact, the recent annexation of the Crimea to Moscow administered territory is part of a larger armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The presence of pro-Russian military in the Donbass, also considered the support provided by the Kremlin, should therefore be considered a real military occupation. Accusation that Putin has always rejected, arguing that the Crimean secession was the result of a popular vote. “It ‘absolutely in contradiction with reality – said the spokesman of the” tsar “, Dmitri Peskov – is inconsistent with the position expressed in a referendum by the citizens of the Crimea when they decided to join the Russian Federation.”

“Little Impartial Court”

“Unfortunately, the International Criminal Court has disregarded the expectations and has not become a truly independent and authoritative body of international justice – reads a note from the Foreign Ministry – in different organizations, including the UN General Assembly and the Council UN security, was noticed as little effective work and one-sided of the Court in the context of the cases investigated. It is significant the following fact: in the 14 years of its activity, the International Criminal Court has issued only four sentences at the same time spending more than a billion dollars. ”

The court

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was adopted at a diplomatic conference under the auspices of the United Nations in 1998. Russia had ratified the document in 2000. The ICC is not a UN organ, and it should not be confused with the International Court Justice of the United Nations, also based in the Hague. However it has some ties with Glass Palace, for example, the Security Council has the power to refer to the Court situations that otherwise would not under its jurisdiction.

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